Engagement Session with Taylor and Robert – South Sound Grand Cayman

Robert proposed to Taylor as a surprise and already had the engagement session photos booked for their trip to Cayman before he popped the question….. how cool is that. Taylor is one of 3 daughters belonging to the Johnson family who have been coming to Cayman now for many years. Almost Local :)! Anyhow I been so fortunate to have photographed the first and second daughter and now cannot wait to photograph the third Johnson wedding. Robert ….. such a nice guy!!!!! Taylor gorgeous!!! you did good!!:)

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August 15, 2014 - 4:50 pm

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Ritz Wedding – Margaret and Michael – {Getting Ready at Villas of the Galleon} – {Ceremony/Reception at the Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman}

Margaret and Michael flew in from New York for their wedding at the Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman. Both Margaret and Michael got ready at the Villas of the Galleon which is situated right next door to the Ritz Carlton. We went off around the island for some photos and then back to the Ritz for the wedding right on the beach. They had such a great fun wedding at the Ritz Carlton which is an amazing venue, they were joined by their family from many different parts of the world and after the ceremony they partied it up in the ballroom with some fun dancing and an ice cream bar. Did I mention they had an ice cream bar?

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Venue: Getting Ready, VIllas of the Galleon, Ceremony and Reception, The Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman

Planner: Elana – Ritz Carlton

Photographer: Rebecca Davidson Photogrpahy

Hair: Robyn

DJ: Dj Mark from One World

Florist: Debra Kettler from the Ritz Carlton

Pastry Chef: Ben Kallenbach

Ice Cream Chef: Alexandra

 

Vow Renewal – 50 Years together – Leonora and Ben – Cayman Islands

Lina emailed me and asked if I would photograph the 50th wedding anniversary and vow renewal of her parents, Leonora and Ben. I was so thrilled to be part of this celebration and get to see the very emotional renewal of vows from this incredible couple. Standing side by side and tears in their eyes, they vowed to continue to love each other as their 4 children, son-in-laws and daugther-in-laws and 10 grandchildren stood inches away supporting them and witnessing such a beautiful and touching ceremony! I asked Lina to give me a brief history of her parents who immigrated from the Philippines to the USA many years ago fresh out of medical school, to then join the US Navy and retire as a Naval Captain and Commander (yes their mum was the Naval Commander). It was so obvious to see how close this family was and how important it was for them to all be together and make the trip to the Cayman Islands for this special occasion. I just love the shot of them looking at each other under the Poinciana tree!!!!

As told by Lina:  “My parents were 23 years old recent medical school graduates from the Philippines and immigrated to Cleveland, Ohio.  They were not yet married but decided to leave home to secure a better life and to help support their family in the Philippines.  They married at St. Augustine Church in Cleveland, Ohio and then raised four children, Lina (me), Liza, Benjamin, and Lenore.  There are now 10 grandchildren all together!  They raised us in Cleveland, Ohio and it wasn’t easy to raise four children all one year apart, doing residency at the hospital, and being on call, plus dealing with the harsh winters.  I look back and am amazed that they juggled all of it together,

In 1978, my parents joined the US Navy. We all moved to the Philippines and then back again to the states to Corpus Christi, Texas.   My dad served for over 10 years and retired as a Captain and  mom served 25 years and retired as a Commander with military honor. Now both retired, we are thankful and praise God for all the blessings that have been bestowed on my parents and our family.  My parents gave us a strong foundation of faith, the importance of God in our life, provided a good education, and a good life for us.We are very happy to be a witness to their 50 years of marriage.  My mom has not been in the best of health but she has been looking forward to this celebration since we were having their 25th wedding celebration! 
We don’t get together as a family too often so this is even extra special.  I just wanted you to know my parents in this brief e-mail and let you know what good examples they have been to me and to my siblings and if it weren’t for them we wouldn’t be here!”

 

Well it is obvious that these parents are loved!!! Congratulations Ms Leonora and Mr Ben for providing such a wonderful example and raising such a loving family!!!! Truly honoured to have been able to photograph your ceremony:)xxxxx rebecca

 

 

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Grand Cayman Beach Suite Wedding – Neil and Gay tie the knot

Neil and Gay chose the Grand Cayman Beach Suites for their wedding, right on the beautiful beach for the ceremony and then on to the rooftop for the reception. When I arrived in Gay’s room, I knew it was going to be a great wedding! This couple made me laugh from the very minute we started until I said goodbye that night….. and then the emails that just keep coming…:). We headed off to West Bay for some photos and when Neil saw Gay for the first time he had to wipe away the tears. Once the ceremony was on its way, the kids enjoyed watching these two become one! Before the rings were taken out of their little bag, they were passed around to each in attendance to have  their family and friends give a silent blessing. This was such a beautiful expression and had a few of the family in tears. During cocktail hour the rains came and kept us inside for awhile, only to show us the biggest rainbow and clear skies. We all headed up to the rooftop for the reception and saw Gay and Neil cut the cake and do their first dance.

(you gotta love these guys) Here is their story told by Neil : “We met at a tennis tournament in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Both of us drove in from Texas to play in it, and we were partnered with each other.  An amazing friendship happened in an instant.  We won every match, and the chemistry was undeniable.  We laughed through our matches.  Basically, tennis is what brought us together!  We had a year-long LONG distance (4 hours apart) relationship, where we saw each other only every other weekend and spoke on the phone for hours each night.  We played every tennis tournament we could possibly play anywhere in Texas so we could see each other.  I guess you could say I “courted” her in every sense of the word.  Ba da bum. Chish!  (that was my typed, post joke rim shot in case you didn’t get it)     After a year, I found a job in Gay’s hometown, moved to Austin and my girls moved with me.  The rest is history!  Her son and my girls have gotten along from the beginning, and they truly love each other as family.  Gay is thrilled to have daughters, and I am more than thrilled to now have a son. This is the stuff dreams are made of!
 
We chose Cayman because it has everything we could want for our guests – both adults and children.  Cayman is the perfect spot for families.  Gay has visited many times, and just loves the island.   Cayman offers a feeling of safety, and a kind and loving population.  Our main focus was to love on our family and friends, so we had a wonderful Welcome Party at our condo, chartered a boat to Stingray City, and had a lovely farewell breakfast for all of them the morning after the wedding.  Our desire was to have a personalized wedding ceremony without a big production, so we could shower our closest friends and family with love and appreciation.
 
Our wedding evening truly was amazing.  We had rain, a rainbow, the Super Moon on one side, AND a lightning storm behind us!  Not to mention fireworks in the distance! :)

I asked Neil to let me know of the vendors to shout about…..I have a new nickname:)

Vendors:

DJ – Craig the DJ – Craig from One World
Music – Kate the violinist -  Kate Allenger
Photographer – Crazy legs Davidson, the photographer – AKA Rebecca Davidson Photography
Dress and Shoes – you’ll have to ask Gay!    I wore bare feet by Vera Wang.  Uber comfy.

 

Gay added…

Planner: Marina GCBS

Dress:  Enzoani “Beautiful”
Make-up:  Stephanie Ford-Ramoon
Hair:  Jackie Soriano

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Venue: Grand Cayman Beach Suites

Planner: Marina

DJ: DJ Craig, One World

Photographer: Rebecca Davidson Photography

 

Carina and Chris – Reef Resort Cayman Islands Wedding

This wedding at the Reef Resort Cayman Islands was perfect for Carina and Chris. Hidden away in the East End of the Cayman Islands they were joined by their family and friends right on the beach where Chris asked Carina to be his wife on the sandy beach. When Carina’s dad came into the room to see her for the first time he couldn’t hold back the tears (mum neither). After the ceremony we took some photos on the pier and some fun family photos and then everyone sat down right there on the beach for the reception. Everyone signed a map of the Caribbean instead of a signing book which was so cute, so the couple will be able to frame the map and have all the special comments their friends and family wrote always there to read.

Here’s their story:

“We worked together at Wagner college in NYC coaching water polo. He was the head coach and I was the assistant coach. We started dating six months after we started coaching together. We knew it wasn’t ideal since we worked together but we knew it was meant to be. Sometimes you just can’t help who you fall in love with!  we did Kept the relationship quiet so we would not disrupt the flow of the team. My coaching position was for two years so last summer I started a new job in Manhattan. He still coaches at Wagner and does a great job! They won their conference tournament last year and went to the NCAA tournament. It was only fitting getting married by the ocean, our favorite place to be! ”
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Venue: The Reef Resort

Planner: Linda Locke

Photographer: Rebecca Davidson Photography

 

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